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Our exciting Health and Social Care degree offers you the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of health and social care that includes a range of issues about living in communities and society. During the course you will be able to tailor your learning by specialising in key areas of health and social care, and boost your career prospects by undertaking work-based learning.
Why choose this course?
- Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, with a diverse range of experiences and qualifications. What they have in common is a wish to make a difference to people’s lives.
- You can tailor your learning according to your interests with a wide selection of optional modules.
- You’ll be able to incorporate work-based learning and volunteering into your studies to get a real sense of health and social care in practice.
- You’ll be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are widely published within their field.
- We have excellent working relationships with a range of organisations such as local authorities, the Framework Housing Association and Skills for Care, which ensure the course is up-to-date and meets employers’ needs.
- As part of your final year of study, you could get involved in a health promotion campaign held around the University, the aim of which is to raise awareness about a variety of health-related issues amongst the student population.
Careers and employability
In professional terms, the organisations of Health and Social Care services are undergoing significant change, with new partnerships, new ways of working, and the development of new practitioner roles offering challenges and opportunities for service providers and workers. This modern course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values to meet these future professional challenges.
We’re building successful graduates
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Health and Social Care graduates are following:*
- Care Co-ordinator
- Child Support Worker
- Senior Care Assistant
- Mental Health Support Worker
- Children’s Ward Play Specialist
- Forensic Support Worker
- Case Manager
- Auxiliary Nurse
- Youth Support Worker
- Teaching Assistant
- Child Support Worker
- Assistant Nursery Teacher
- Community Development Worker
- Care Assistant
- Community Protection Officer
- Residential Children’s Support Worker
- Medical Receptionist
- Support Worker
*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Excellent work experience opportunities
There will be an opportunity to incorporate work experience into your academic studies through the Professional Practice and Working in Professional Practice modules. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organisations, and develop networks. You could spend time working in:
- primary care trusts
- youth offending teams
- residential homes
- occupational therapy departments
- community centres
- a range of voluntary sector organisations.
Volunteering in a health and social care setting is also encouraged, both as a means of enhancing your academic studies and of building relevant experience.
Throughout this course you will be developing skills for employability. You’ll develop interpersonal, communication and counselling skills through practice interviews and role plays. You will also undertake independent research into local organisations offering counselling to key staff.
Your career development
You’ll graduate with the confidence, experience and ability to make a difference to people’s lives. You may be interested in pursuing a career in:
- health promotion
- social work
- guidance providing agencies
- the police
- probation service
Some past students have also gone on to lead projects aimed at reducing disadvantage within communities.
Certain occupations in health and social care require a professional qualification as well as a degree, and many of our students go on to study for further qualifications or higher degrees.